Millions of women across the country utilize some form of birth control. However, the safety of a popular form of birth control has come into question after a large number of women have complained of serious side effects after using the product. Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mirena IUD has over 2 million women that use the birth control device. With such a large number of Mirena IUD users, there is obviously reason for caution assuming there is a link to any potential serious side effects. Any negative side effects could have the potential to affect thousands of women. If you have a Mirena claim, you should speak with a Tennessee Mirena lawyer.
How exactly does the device work? Mirena IUD is a small piece of plastic that has a hormone built into it. The device is implanted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device was supposed to be an easy alternative to other forms of birth control. However, many of the side effects have left women searching for other alternatives.
There have been close to 70,000 complaints filed with the FDA regarding Mirena IUD side effects since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the device in 2000. There have been a wide range of side effects that many women using Mirena IUD have experienced. Some of the side effects are minor and include acne, backaches, and headaches. Some of the side effects are much more serious. Since 2008, nearly 4,000 women using the device have complained about abdominal pain. In the same five year span approximately 5,000 women using the device have experienced the device moving around after the insertion. Upon moving, the device can perforate organs and migrate into the abdomen. Whenever this occurs, a doctor is required to remove the device from the patient. Some reports of device migration have reportedly led to liver lacerations, uterine perforations, or other serious complications. As a direct result, these serious side effects can lead to serious surgery including an appendectomy or even a hysterectomy.
There are nearly 220 cases involving Mirena IUD injuries that have been filed in federal and state courts. Many more are expected to be filed as women become more aware of the serious side effects of Mirena IUDs. Many of the suits accuse Bayer of using misleading marketing materials, producing a defective product, and even failing to disclose the dangerous side effects of the device. In the midst of these lawsuits, Bayer Healthcare continues to stand by the safety of Mirena IUDs.
If you have been injured as a result of using Mirena IUD, we encourage you to contact a Tennessee Mirena injury attorney. You may be eligible for compensation for the injuries that you have suffered as a result of your Mirena IUD use. At The Higgins Firm, our team of Tennessee Mirena injury attorneys would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We put our clients first in everything that we do.